Midwest Wins Five
USTA Facility Awards
Tracy Maymon | July 30, 2018
Five tennis facilities in the Midwest Section have been named winners in the 37th annual USTA Facility Awards program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. Congratulations to these facilities who won in their respective categories:
Public Courts: Large Tennis Centers (11 or more)
A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center – Winnetka, Ill.
The A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center consists of eight indoor courts and 12 outdoor courts, 5 of which are lighted. The staff of 17 include 14 USPTA/PTR certified professionals. The tennis center hosted 11 tournaments in 2017 and hosts the Nielsen USTA Pro Tennis Championships. In 2012, the facility completed a $1.5 million renovation.
Public Courts: Small Tennis Centers (2 to 10 courts)
Oak Lawn Racquet, Fitness and Gymnastics Center – Oak Lawn, Ill.ADVERTISEMENT
The Oak Lawn Racquet, Fitness and Gymnastics Center consists of five indoor lighted courts and 16 outdoor courts, two of which are lighted. Nine professional tennis players teach and play at Oak Lawn, some players even started their careers here. Lessons and leagues are available for players of all levels. The facility invested $100,000 in improvements, some completed earlier this year.
Aspen Racquet Club – Wooster, Ohio
Built in 2017, the Aspen Racquet Club is a 48,000 square foot facility. It offers six indoor Rebound Ace courts, fully air conditioned with tennis-specific LED lights. Extra amenities include electronic scoreboards, a pro shop, locker rooms with a towel service and cardio rooms. The club offers programs for junior and adult players.
Five Star Tennis Center – Plainfield, Ill.
With over 1,000 members, the Five Star Tennis Center consists of 11 indoor hard tennis courts with LED lighting. Seven of these courts come equipped with PlaySight technology. Five Star offers adult leagues and a junior development program with red, orange and green ball pathways.
Five Star Tennis Center inspired the format for the TEAM UP adult programs that now run nationally. The center also partners with Commit Fit and Buddy Up to offer tennis programs. In 2016, the facility made improvements that cost approximately $3.6 million.
Twos Athletic Club – Toledo, Ohio
Twos Athletic Club consists of six indoor and seven outdoor courts, four being hard and 3 being clay. Inside there are six newly-renovated courts, one of which is devoted to lessons. Two viewing areas with couches and stools allow guests to watch comfortably. Outside there are three Har-Tru and four hard courts. The club offers extra amenities such as a player’s lounge, on-court cameras, on-site childcare, heating and air conditioning and a pro shop.
Built in 1965, the facility made nearly $2 million in improvements in 2016.
All winners will be honored at the USTA Semi-annual Meeting in New York City on Aug. 30. Winners will receive a wall plaque and an all-weather sign to be mounted at the facility.
All facilities were judged on specific criteria including overall layout, excellence of court surface and lights, accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials, to name a few. To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a park and recreation department, an educational institution, a nonprofit corporation, or be a private or commercially owned and operated facility that offers both USTA and public programming.